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Church Teaching on Pornography

The Problem with Pornography

Explaining its damaging nature

Pornography has long been a problem, but in recent years our exposure to it has grown exponentially. From the internet to mobile devices, to the “soft” porn often seen in movies, TV, and advertising, it can seem like porn is everywhere.

Moreover, the effect of pornography is felt throughout our culture: men, women, and children exploited within the porn industry; millions of users who commit grave sin and risk harming important relationships to use porn; and spouses and children who are often put at risk by the habit – the effects of pornography are pervasive.

Yet just as the effect of pornography has spread, so has the effort of the Church, psychologists, and social scientists to shine a light on the damaging nature of pornography and to provide resources to help people in need.

If you have any questions or concerns, or would simply like some more help finding support for your situation, please contact our office.

Integrity Restored – Getting Help & Helping Others

The mission of Integrity Restored is to help restore the integrity of individuals, spouses, and families that have been affected by pornography and pornography addiction. Integrity Restored provides education, encouragement, and resources to break free from pornography, heal relationships, and to assist parents in preventing and responding to pornography exposure which is so devastating in the lives of our children. Integrity Restored also aims to be a resource for clergy in assisting families at the parish level, so that the domestic church truly becomes what it is, the human space in which we encounter Christ.

Integrity Restored is for:

  • Individuals seeking help with pornography;
  • Spouses seeking help and support;
  • Parents looking for resources to protect their children;
  • Clergy looking for assistance with their ministry.

To get more information, please visit the Integrity Restored website.

For parents or individuals seeking help monitoring the internet, Faith and Safety provides some resources.

Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography.” United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Bought with a Price: A Pastoral Letter by the Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde.” Catholic Diocese of Arlington, VA.

From the Diocese of Arlington

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